Killswitch Engage has found themselves a new voice. Howard Jones, vocalist of Connecticut-area group, Blood Has Been Shed, will be handling vocal duties for Killswitch Engage on a permanent basis. "We're very, very excited about having Howard in the band," states bassist Mike D'Antonio. "Things have happened very quickly, but have really worked out for the best." Jones' addition to the band represents a huge step forward for the band. "I had heard that things were up in the air with Jesse so after a lot of tossing and turning at night I gave the guys a call," says Howard. "It really clicked with the other guys and it was apparent right away how well this could work out. I can't wait to put my own stamp on this band. I'm amped." "We picked a singer that will enable us to grow as a band. That was the most important thing to us," states guitarist Joel Stroetzel. The results will soon speak for themselves as Killswitch Engage join up with Kittie in Corpus Christi, TX on July 23rd. This tour promises to be the most fierce and energetic tour for the early summer. Their current debut release, Alive or Just Breathing, recently debuted at #9 on Billboard's Hard Music Charts. The album also dominated at all Metal Radio charts with #1 positions across the board at the CMJ, Album Network, FMQB, and the R&R charts. “Killswitch needs to be played on EVERY radio station known to man!”(WHMH), “This album tears S*** up!! The stereo won't go loud enough!”(KURE). “Album of the Year!”(WRRG). Alive or Just Breathing mingles passionate lyrics, monster guitar riffs and heart pounding drum work for an end result that is both haunting and beautiful. Publications around the globe have used similarly poignant terms to describe the album: “A masterpiece” (CMJ) “a glorious new extreme” (Alternative Press) “A flawless, 21st century Metal album." (Kerrang!) “metal core's perfect yinyang.” (Metal Maniacs). Witness for yourself. Catch the band now on tour w/ Kittie, Poison The Well, Shadows Fall, and Hotwire. 7/12/2002 - Hellfest - Syracuse, NY(*) 7/23/2002 - Party on the Patio - Corpus Christi, TX 7/24/2002 - Villa Real - McAllen, TX 7/26/2002 - Club Oz - Killeen, TX 7/27/2002 - Pavilion - Lubbock, TX 7/28/2002 - Santa Fe Junction - San Angelo, TX 7/30/2002 - Club 101 - El Paso, TX 8/1/2002 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM 8/10/2002 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ 8/11/2002 - Nile Theatre - Mesa, AZ (*) – This is not a date with KITTIE